How do we navigate our lives in the midst of uncertainty? How do we bring our deepest intentions together with our actions? What is the purpose of spirituality? How can we accommodate both the beauty and the pain of life?
These questions may never find a definitive answer,
but they are questions to live by. At OQ we feel that if you have a genuine question you should explore it, continue to ask it, and then pay attention.
I am Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, a Buddhist student and teacher. Please join me as I share some intimate and rich dialogues with accomplished practitioners of diverse wisdom lineages.
To learn more please visit: https://www.elizabethmattisnamgyel.com/oqpodcast
Dwelling Place of the Ancestors
In this episode, Elizabeth speaks with Buddhist teacher and author, Judy Lief, about the future of Buddhism in the context of lineage in contemporary culture. Judy candidly shares her thoughts on creating welcoming dharma environments; the tension between innovation and tradition and the pre-conceptions of studentship, referring often to her own experiences with the Tibetan master, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Seagull on a Buoy
In this episode, Elizabeth explores the idea and experience of lineage. Lineage is an important part of human existence and culture. What we know and how we see life, has something to do with a continuum of worldview and experience that has been passed down to us. In the context of Buddhism, lineage keeps us in the boundary of our intention to connect with our innate wisdom. “Interfacing with a lineage as a living experience,” as she puts it “keeps us on the edge of continuous discovery.”
Elizabeth speaks with her own teacher, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, about the practice of patience. This practice, Rinpoche says, can protect our hearts and minds in a complex world, opening up new vistas of peace and richness for ourselves and others. It is, as the Buddha said, “a great armor.” Together Elizabeth and Rinpoche explore what it means to practice patience as a skillful means on the spiritual path.
Dharma In Hell
Elizabeth speaks with Fleet Maull, Buddhist, prison activist, and author. He has a fascinating story to tell about his 14 years of practice in prison and starting the first prison hospice program. Fleet advocates taking ownership of life circumstances. He uses the term “radical responsibility” to describe how agency is accepting our own karma. Fleet’s example shows us that it is possible to find agency even in an environment like prison, which, by all conventional definitions, is the antithesis of fr
A Student's Sacred Outlook
The Buddha said: “You are the agent of your own awakening, there is no other agent than you.” This is an empowering statement, but it also implies that we need to take up the task of our own spiritual evolution. In this conversation, Elizabeth and Willa Miller explore the importance of humility, what it means to trust one’s own discernment, the important distinction between giving up the ego and abdicating agency, and the purpose of devotion in the Varjayana Buddhist tradition.
Taming the Wild Horse - The Ritual of Well-Being
Elizabeth explores the value and potency of ritual in our personal lives, culture, and spiritual practice. She also shares a meaningful conversation she had with Chief Arvol Looking Horse, the head of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations, about the role of ritual and ceremony in indigenous culture.
The space of grace
A very fresh and delightful offering
Listening to Elizabeth’s new podcast, I feel the curious child in me being talked to - the child that is tender, courageous and wild. So glad to know more is coming. Such joy!